David Wants to Fly is a 2010 German documentary film that follows its director, Berlin-based, film school graduate David Sieveking, as he interacts with his film hero David Lynch, and explores the Transcendental Meditation movement.
The film chronicles a period of time in Sieveking's life that includes
his off-and-on relationship with his girlfriend as well as his travels
to the United States, Holland and India. The film has received awards and honorable mentions as well as criticism.
February 23, 2019 Subject:
Sex Under the Silk
My point of view about David Wants to Fly is rather partial, since I am in the documentary. But still ,with a professional background in film, my reflections might be of interest to this public. David Sieveking worked 5 years on this film and it is a kind of spiritual road movie. When he started off with it, he was innocently positive to whatever his "idol" David Lynch had to advise. But as time went on and the TM movement started to try to influence the direction of the documentary Sieveking refused to be manipulated and kept on documenting what he was discovering along the way. I have full respect for the process and integrity that went into the making of this film, as well as Sieveking's bravery in lifting the veil of the cult-like aspects of the TM movement. I am in about 6 minutes of the documentary, revealing that Maharishi was not the celibate monk he purported to be, since we had a physical love affair starting in 1970, 2 years after the Beatles had joined him in Rishikesh. I was treated with respect and professionalism during the interview and not influenced by the director in any way. I was simply allowed to tell my story. I thought the camera, script, sound and editing were excellent. Certainly an interesting documentary that I am proud to have participated in. For the full story of what happened between me and Maharishi, do a search on Robes of Silk Feet of Clay.
February 21, 2019 Subject:
I enjoyed it
I began TM in 1962 and became a teacher in June 1957 in Hochgurgl Austria but eventually quit the movement when it became too weird, all those gold wearing Rajas. I last spoke to Maharishi after visiting Seelisberg and was refused a video machine to listen to the tapes as I had moustache. i spoke to him from a phone on the side of the road and he said I could have gine to Canada as their new leader in stead of being bearded philosopher. and that he was surprised I was following Ingrid (my wife at the time) to Canada instead of getting to study at MIU. He has a profound effect on my life and his technique of no effort is great. See essays and my free e book on my web site. WWW esotericarts.org and this essay among many: http://esotericarts.org/Essays.html#Movement